Just edited the PSU link... old one was a 525W, Went with a biger one for future upgrades, plus I have 2 80GB SATA HDDs from my old rig, as well as a 320GB PATA...
Hrm... that cooler master case looks to have a little too much ABS on it for my taste... I guess a black case would be ok, if there was a better looking/feeling one than what I've chosen...
as far as the water setup goes, I figured that a kit would give me a good starting point for getting most of it set up. my GF has been giving me a hard time about how much time I've been spending on researching a new setup already, I will probably look into designing my own, i just have heard that this kit performs fairly well for a kit. I guess I will have to look into more research on that.
for the MoBo I hear that DFIs have the most options for OCing, lots of BIOS updates,
I also have seen alot of people saying that the ASUSs have a high rate DOAs. as far as my requirements go for a MoBo, that ASUS doesn't look bad, I like having options for connectivity, IEEE1394 is a definite plus, as well as the 8 SATA. it has been a while since I boutght a MoBo, last one was an Abit AN7, to give you an idea. the main things I hear is to stick with an Intel chipset unless SLi is needed, which it isn't. I guess also realize that the DFI i picked doesn't support 1600FSB, which I would only use for a future upgrade... ARG, sorry for the rambling...
I guess these are my options, unless someone can give me a good reason to spend more than ~180$
ABIT IX38 Quad GT
ASUS P5Q Pro
not too sure about open box stuff, but:
Open Box: DFI LP LT X48-T2R